Ron Simpson BEM C Mgr FCMI CFCIPD M Ed

Accredited Community Advocate (BTEC)

 

Founding President - Rotary Club of  Uppingham

Paul Harris Fellow 

Managing Director - RMJS Associates

Chair - Uppingham Business Forum  

Coordinator - Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum

Coordinator - Uppingham Vanguard Board 

Columnist - Rutland Times

Neighbourhood Planning Business Champion www.uppinghamneighbourhoodplan.info 

National Patron – Women in Management UK

Secretary and Board Member - Uppingham Homes Community Land Trust 

Director, Company Secretary & Webmaster Uppingham First www.uppinghamfirst.co.uk

Proprietor and Webmaster Uppingham On Line Ltd www.uppinghamonline.co.uk

Founder and Webmaster of the Uppingham Portal 'uppinghamonline.uk'

Community Lead - Uppingham Defibrillator Project

Proprietor - Digital Rutland Ltd; Digital Uppingham Ltd; Uppingham Town Partnership Ltd; Women in Management Ltd; Uppingham Homes Ltd

Director – Rutland Money Ltd; BRA Uppingham Ltd

Principal Author - Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan (version 1) 

Lead Officer - Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan  

Principal Correspondent - E J Toon Charitable Trust 

Lead Volunteer - The Uppingham Hopper Project

Lead Organiser - Stilton Cheese Classic Vehicle Run www.stiltoncheeserun.uk

Founder - UppWatch

Lead Author - Uppingham Community Emergency Plan 

Project Manager – The Uppingham Webcam

Project Lead - UppShop ( A Rotary Cashless Society Project) 

Board Member - Leics & Rutland Assoc. of Local Councils (LRALC)

Chair, Trustee and Executive Member - CPRE Rutland

Former CEO of the Leics and Rutland Parish Councils Association

Former Regional Director of the Local Government Management Board

 

Ron Simpson has over 50 years public, private and social enterprise management and leadership experience as a community leader, senior manager and volunteer. In Leicestershire he is noted for being the very first in the county to achieve Investor in People status. In Rutland he is known in business circles for being one of the first to achieve the national standard of ‘chartered manager’. His consultancy now specialises in business/community partnership and neighbourhood governance issues.  

 

Ron is currently engaged in a number of Rutland and Uppingham projects including:-

  • The new FCA registered community benefit society 'Uppingham Homes CLT' which aims to build and manage affordable community led housing
  • The Uppingham Hopper Bus
  • UppShop
  • Tthe town's future high street initiatives and a 5G town centre wireless debate.

Ron was principal author and lead officer for the original Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan which had ‘Front Runner’ status. He is also the Community Champion for the Digital Uppingham Broadband Project (1 GB Fibre to the Premise), which has placed parts of Uppingham in Rutland in the top 1% of the world for broadband speed, and secured crowd funding for the Uppingham Webcam project (See www.uppinghamfirst.co.uk ). In his fortnightly column for the Rutland Times he writes on the local impact of national policy and governance issues.  On social media he can be followed at 'Uppingham' (Twitter) and 'Uppingham Rutland' (Facebook)   

 

During his period of service as East Midlands Regional Director of the Local Government Management Board (LGMB), Ron was the regional accountable local government lead on employer/employee relations, best management practice and leadership development matters. He also acted as UK lead on public sector re-entry into the European Social Dialogue in Brussels. Ron has extensive experience of vocational qualifications and competence based assessment and, prior to his relocation to the East Midlands, was a Director of the North East Regional Management Centre, the organisation which developed the UK’s first ever competence based distance learning MBA. His own Masters degree is in the field of Equality in Education.  

 

Ron has contributed to the capability and economic performance of a wide range of community and business organisations, including his local Town Council, and is the acknowledged source of energy behind the award winning community partnership Uppingham First where he worked under the chairmanship of international businessman Robert Wills until his recent death. With its Rural Broadband and High Speed Wifi project, this partnership won the East Midlands 2010 Action for Market Towns Award and was regional runner up in the 2010 Enterprising Britain Award. In 2013 the partnership won a further AMT award for the ‘best idea to promote local businesses’ with the Uppingham Webcam Project. In 2014 the partnership achieved one win and three judges’ commendations in the regional Towns Alive Awards and reached the Earls Court final of the 2014 Revive and Thrive competition where judges said Uppingham should have been a member of the judging panel rather than an entrant.  In 2015 British High Street Awards Ron’s entry secured a top five market town placing for Uppingham High Street. In January 2020 Ron launched 'UppShop a Cashless Society supported by Rotary, the Co-op Commmunity Fund, Barclays Bank and IT company ClockedIn.  

 

Following a successful public referendum and the 'making' of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan (Its External Examiner Report stated that “The UNP contains ground breaking policy, is the successful result of a major and sustained local business and community effort, and contains some exemplary approaches to neighbourhood planning”). Uppingham First and its partners  completed work on an Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan and are now engaged in a Future High Street project.  Since 2014, Uppingham First has hosted the start of the Stilton Cheese Classic Vehicle Run and is now the Run's offical organiser. See www.stiltoncheeserun.uk. The partnership has also sponsored a wide range of community and education initiatives and is a co-founder of the innovative Women in the High Street Network and a founding sponsor of the East Midlands Women's Awards.

 

Ron retired in 2013 as Regional Chair of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) where he was given an Outstanding Contribution Award for his Institute work. In the same year he retired as Treasurer of the (now) GMB Credit Union where he helped, over a five year period, to turn a loss making social enterprise into a profitable organisation paying a market leading dividend. Ron is a Chartered Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Management Institute. Until 2010 he was also a voluntary sector representative on the East Midlands Regional Assembly. In 2007 Ron was elected Founding President of the newly created Rotary Club of Uppingham, the first in Rutland to admit women members. In 2011 he, together with his wife, Margaret Simpson BEM, was appointed as the Club’s very first Paul Harris Fellow. In April 2015 Ron’s work with the Uppingham community was recognised with an award from the High Sheriff of Rutland following a nomination from the Leader of Rutland County Council. In June 2015 Ron was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Birthday Honours List. In October 2015 Ron was announced as the 2015 winner of the prestigious BIZ Club Award. At the inaugural East Midlands Women's Awards in October 2017, Ron was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his work supporting women's development. In May 2018 Ron was recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for his exceptional 20 year service to human resources and people development. In October 2019 Ron was appointed Vice Chair of CPRE Rutland. In January 2020 Ron was appointed by CPRE Rutland to lead 'Rutland 2036' a major planning campign to protect the countryside supported by contracted consultants and funded with regional and national grants from CPRE, the countryside charity. In July 2021 Ron was elected as Chair of CPRE Rutland. 

 

In his early career Ron was a teacher, community centre leader, university lecturer and trainer. He was first elected as a local councillor at the age of 21.

 

Date of Birth: 27.10.1946 Place of Birth: South Shields

Nationality: English DBS Cert No: 1504282625 Data Controller Reg: ZA471706

Retired as Regional Director of the LGMB in 1998 at the age of 52

Founding Director and Company Secretary of Uppingham First since January 2009

Postal Address: 7 Hawthorn Drive, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9TA

Tel: 01572 823465 Mobile: 07710 328469 E-mail and Data Enquiries to: rons@clara.net

 

Recent publications include:

 

Uppingham 2025 – www.uppinghamneighbourhoodplan.info

Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan - (Lead Author and Design) - January 2014

A Winning Plan – Councillor Magazine - October 2014

Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan – Local Council Review - November 2014

Engaging Young People in Neighbourhood Planning - April 2015

How to start a Business Forum - August 2015

A guide to Neighbourhood Planning for Parish Councillors (A contributor) June 2017

(A Locality/NALC publication) 

Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan (Lead Author) - August 2017 

Uppingham Antiques, Arts, Books and Creative Crafts Trail (ABC Trail) August 2018

Uppingham Community Emergency Plan 2018 - September 2018

Uppingham Household Emergency Card - September 2018 

Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum 2018 Review

Neighbourhood Planning  Guide to Better Design 2019 - MHCLG/Locality (A Contributor)  

 

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